Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York
Overview by Amazon:
Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family’s land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah’s hand, will she be able to resist him?
Love is the most powerful weapon of all.
Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can’t afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What’s more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he’s the only man for her-body and soul…in Hannah and the Highlander.
I loved this book! Hannah was such a great character and I adored the plot, setting, passion and politics. The book opens with the reality of the day. In the Highlands, the Clearances have been happening at an alarming rate. I think what I really liked about this element in the book was that in most Regency novels I have read, this topic is never covered. I think back to one of my favourite books, Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught and the characters head to Scotland for a week away, but there is no mention of the unrest. The book highlights how the English make decrees in London, but turn a blind eye to the reality of the situation. I really like when a book teaches me historical facts that I had not known or understood.
Hannah is feisty and strong. She has run Reay for her family for years. She manages everything from the laundry, to the correspondence and even the menus. She expects to be a partner in whatever marriage she accepts. Her current suitors are not exactly stellar. Olrig is a gross pig and Neill tries to rape her. She is saved by Alexander, Baron of Dunnet. Their first meeting is a memorable one. Hannah kisses him and is mortified when he walks away, but to Alexander, he is entranced with her. So he offers for her.
With their marriage, the story really gets going. Hannah has to control everything and it is very hard for her to accept the status quo. I really loved Alexander. Not only is he a hot Highlander, he has huge integrity and pride. What was so awesome about Alexander is the past he has overcome. Alexander leaves notes for Hannah every morning on her pillow. She finds them irritating at first, until she comes to understand how hard words are for him. Alexander stutters and he feels so much anxiety and excitement when he is near Hannah that he just knows he will stumble over his words. I loved that the author makes the character’s flaw his strength.
The secondary characters are fantastic in this book! Hannah has two other sisters and they will be getting a book of their own. Alexander’s brother is the flirty, fun one and his kissing contest had me laughing out loud. The Duke of Caithness was such an interesting character and he created a lot of conflict that moved the plot forward. I can’t wait for Lana’s story because I am sure that the Duke will be a big part of it!
Overall, this book was just awesome! Adventure, really steamy bedroom scenes and politics make this book a must read!